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Case study
22 November 2018

Byron Bay Liquor Accord | Case study

Implementing terms

In 2012 and 2013 census data showed that Byron Bay was ranked the third highest suburb in NSW for alcohol-related assaults. Byron Bay also historically experienced a much higher percentage of non-domestic alcohol-related assaults when compared with the rest of NSW.

It was during this time the Byron Bay Liquor Accord worked closely with their local Police Area Command, local council and youth services to voluntarily implement strategies to address alcohol related issues.

As a result of this collaboration, the Byron Bay Liquor Accord introduced a number of strategies including:

  • no double spirits
  • no shots for all member venues
  • no cocktails after midnight
  • no outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) colours, and
  • prohibiting the sale of energy drinks and cask wine over 2 litres in bottle shops.

By taking a collaborative approach to addressing local issues, the voluntary strategies implemented by the Accord contributed to a 60% decrease in alcohol related incidents between 2012 and 2016.

Read more about Liquor Accords